Archive for February, 2014
Why Are So Many Economists Confused About Obamacare’s Effects on Jobs?

What’s wrong with the business economists? Have they forgotten everything they learned in Econ 101? Casey Mulligan explains it for the umpteenth time: As far as I know, before this month the only place that one could read about the Affordable Care Act’s new employment tax was in this paper by David Gamage, in...
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Taxpayers Get Forked Again

From the “you-can’t-make-this-stuff-up” file, California Assembly Speaker John A. Perez (D-Los Angeles) is sponsoring a bill to create an Office of Farm to Fork. AB 2413, which was introduced February 21, would create a new office within the California Department of Food and Agriculture to promote “healthy food access,” especially in “underserved” areas, and...
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False Advertising for Obamacare

President Obama and Congressional Democrats have a standard talking point when defending Obamacare these days: no longer can insurance companies cancel your insurance after you get sick. They are lucky they are not subject to the same FTC regulations that apply to commercial businesses. This practice has been illegal under federal law since the...
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Medicaid Madness in Maine: Will the Legislature Punish a Consultant for Reporting the Truth?

So far, Maine has resisted the temptation to grab new federal Medicaid dollars dangled by Obamacare. However, due to relentless lobbying by hospitals and other interest groups that profit from taxpayers’ dollars, leaders in the legislature are threatening to interfere with executive authority by introducing a bill to cancel a contract with a consultant...
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Leopoldo Lopez: Venezuela’s “Dangerous Man”

After several days in hiding, Leopoldo López, one of the leaders of Venezuela’s resistance movement, turned himself in at a massive protest rally and proclaimed: “If my imprisonment serves to wake up people...it will have been worth it.” The Chavista dictatorship headed by Nicolás Maduro has charged him with acts of violence related to...
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FDA Continues to Impede Medical Device Innovation

In the Wall Street Journal this week, Dr. Scott Gottlieb discussed (gated, by subscription only) a worrying trend in the Food and Drug Administration’s regulation of medical devices. Increasingly, the FDA is demanding that device makers conduct trials of new devices by randomly assigning patients to the new device . . . or to...
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FDA Regulations Kill

Paul Howard and Yevgeniy Feyman in Health Affairs: Meningitis is a terrible disease that can kill its victims in a single day. About 4,100 new cases are diagnosed annually in the U.S., with a mortality rate of more than 10 percent. Even with treatment, survivors are often left with serious side effects that can...
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Health Spending on State and Local Government Workers Has Outpaced Medicaid Spending by 20 Percent

In a previous post I reported that health benefits for government workers cost 40 percent more than benefits for private-sector workers. This extra cost imposes a significant burden on taxpayers. Researchers at the Pew Charitable Trusts have now answered another, related question: How does spending on health benefits for state and local government workers...
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TSA Vet Admits Scanners Are a Joke. And So Are You (to the TSA).

In a recent coming-out piece for the longtime anonymous blogger behind the site “Taking Sense Away”, “Dear America, I Saw You Naked. And yes, we were laughing. Confessions of an ex-TSA agent,” Jason Edward Harrington details his six years as a TSA agent at Chicago’s O’Hare airport. We knew the full-body scanners didn’t work...
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What Republicans and Democrats Don’t Understand About the Insurance Company “Bailout”

Last week I testified before the House Oversight committee on the “risk corridors” in the (ObamaCare) exchanges. Republicans claim that this is a device to bail out the insurance companies. Democrats, in the unusual position of defending the insurance companies, actually claimed that the government was going to make a “profit” because of it....
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